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RATINGS: 1137   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 207   ABV: 6.9%
Each year, when people are starting to unpack their winter clothes and replenish their firewood, our tiny brewery in the coastal redwoods of Northern California makes seasonal preparations of a different kind. As the cold arrives, we release a unique beverage created to add warmth to even the coldest and darkest of winter's days. Winter Solstice Seasonal Ale begins with a very high original gravity to create a hearty and spicy brew with a deep amber hue and a smooth finish. Anderson Valley Brewing Company wishes you the very best for the holiday season and the New Year.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Gachupines (1251) - USA - NOV 22, 2012
Deep brown with a thin white head. Aroma is slightly musty w/ some slight notes of roasted nuts. Flavor is nice and nutty with roasted malt. Finish has some toffee notes with a surprisingly clean aftertaste. Overall, extremely solid winter beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bramvb (1) - NETHERLANDS - OCT 18, 2016 does not count
Beautiful red/amber, caramel, thin body ,with a cream finish, peppery spicy aftertaste

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
mejiajav (7) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - OCT 4, 2016 does not count
I’ve never been the biggest fan of Anderson Valley. I am unsure if they use some sort of proprietary malt but most of their offerings taste annoyingly similar. Most of the ones I’ve had, with the exception of the gose, have an overly malty, caramely and sweet feel to them, regardless of the style. Unfortunately, Winter Solstice is not the exception. It pours a hazy, burnt orange with about a finger of head which dissipates fairly quickly. The thin lacing left behind also disappears quickly leaving nearly nothing but a small ring around the edge of the glass. I am pretty sure I’m supposed to get spices on the nose, but I only get vanilla. And lots of it! There is also some sweet caramely maltness and toffee notes. But mostly vanilla. This beer is very sweet. It’s all vanilla in the middle front and back. Towards the end I was able to detect some serious brown sugary sweetness to boot, but that’s about it. Reminds me of sweet bread and caramel. The mouthfeel is decent with enough carbonation to make it feel like beer and not a sticky cocktail. Sadly, as most Anderson Valley beers, this seems muddled and without any real depth. There are so many better examples of this style out there that this seems a bit pointless. https://agrainoftruthblog.wordpress.com

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Senap (616) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - AUG 12, 2016
En faktiskt tämligen söt öl. Rätt mycket drag av kola och annat sött. Julöl helt enkelt.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
alex_leit (2506) - Minsk, BELARUS - JUL 4, 2016
Bottle. Bronze color. Aroma: malt, dried fruit, raisins, spicy. Taste: caramel, cream and jam, nectar, spices, sweet, not bad.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stuu666 (10841) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 2, 2016
Can at craig’s. Pours deep orange, nose is caramel, sweet toffee, spiced, taste is similar, dry.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
allmyvinyl (9536) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 2, 2016
Can at Craigs. Pours clear amber with a thin white head. Aromas of toffee, caramel, light spice. Taste is sweet, toffee. Thin finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
cgarvieuk (21830) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 2, 2016
Can at home.. Dark amber.. M thin tan lacing... Soft sweet caramel toffee fruit Light spice nose... Soft sweet toffee.. Caramel fruit.. Soft toffee malts.. Soft caramel

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pershing (525) - Garland, Texas, USA - APR 22, 2016
Pours hazy brown with a decent head. Aroma of spice and malts. Medium body with a spicy taste that is a little fruity. Nice balance of hops and the heavy malts. Filling finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
McTapps (6500) - Reutlingen, GERMANY - APR 18, 2016
The beer has got a deep dark brown colour with a steady head and medium body. Aroma of malt, spices and woods. Taste of malt, pine, herbs, woods, spiced and cloves. Spicy finish. Good one.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
MMR (682) - NETHERLANDS - MAR 30, 2016
Normally I’m a rather big fan of the Anderson Valley beers but I simply couldn’t be really bothered by this one. I guess I lick thicker textures and darker tastes for winter beers.

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